Fixture News | 10th June 2005

Bicknell's big challenge

And Director of Cricket Mick Newell believes experienced opener Darren Bicknell could be the man to lead us to a long-overdue success against Lancashire.

Bicknell will open the innings with Graeme Swann, who returns in place of Jason Gallian, as we try again to find the elusive formula for putting together a match-winning total.

Said Bicknell: "l must admit that I thought at the start of the season that my totesport League days were over so it's nice to be back.

"It would have been even better had the circumstances been different. But there's a job to be done and I'll do my best to help turn our fortunes around.

"It's stating the obvious to say that things have to start happening quickly if we're going to get clear of trouble and I firmly believe we are too good to be where we are in the table.

"We were comfortably outplayed in two of the matches but could - and should - have won the others and if we can just get a win to give confidence a boost, it will make a massive difference.

"There's a real air of confidence around the place when you walk into our dressing room before a four-day game but the atmosphere is not the same before League games.

"That has to change and the target is to bat well against Lancashire - and give our bowlers something to work with."

Team news

Jason Gallian pays the price as we try again to find a way of putting early runs on the board.

He drops out as the only change from the side beaten by Essex in our last Trent Bridge outing with Graeme Swann, now recovered from a shoulder problem, returning to open with Darren Bicknell.

The full team is:

Bicknell, Swann, Warren, Fleming, Hussey, Patel, Read, Ealham, Clough, Smith, Sidebottom.

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